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State of Grace Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32

Crash: Okay, let’s start with a basic history of yourself and then I want you to talk about the shop and it’s crew. Horitaka Kitamura: Sure man, basic story… Well I was born in Japan and my parents moved to America when I was a few years old. My parents were bilingual so they taught me Japanese as well, which opened a lot of doors for me later on… So I grew up here and probably had a very similar interest in tattooing like many of my generation, I was a skater, turned punk rocker and liked tattoos from my junior high school days. I do recall liking the tattoos in an old Japanese TV show, “the tattooed magistrate” where the hero shows his cherry blossom tattoos before he kicks ass at the end of every episode. So I guess I’ve long had an affinity for tattoos. I know in high school I had already decided I wanted a body suit, didn’t know what the hell that meant or what was good but I just knew that I wanted tons of tattoos! Read More »

Paul Dobleman: September’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: Once again, Assholes!!! Here is the September Asshole of the Month…  Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode I (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_wkwwPty-I&w=590&h=415] The new Tattoo Age features Mutsuo, he has more styles than the first of day school. This series revolves around an artist named Mutsuo who tattoos at the world-famous Three Tides Tattoo in Osaka, Japan. Mutsuo went from being one of the shop’s first customers to its first apprentice, and now he is considered its most senior tattoo artist. He learned the trade from all the American tattoo masters who visited Three Tides, and got what Chris Garver calls “a 90s-style tattoo education.” Enjoy. [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode III (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICCEjLMniVo&w=590&h=415] In the last part of our Valerie Vargas episode, we take a closer look at the tattoo power couple that is Stewart Robson and Valerie Vargas. When we began shooting this piece, we didn’t know how close these wonderfully talented artists were and found ourselves pleasantly surprised by their shared pleasure in tattooing. P.S. Be on the look out for a little Valerie Vargas bonus part coming out later this season. Enjoy. [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode II (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfH85uDK7_c&w=590&h=415]   Second installment of Tattoo Age’s Valerie Vargas piece is now live! We take a closer look at Frith Street, the tattoo parlor where she works, and its owner, Dante DiMassa. Valerie also gives us insight into her development as a tattooer and why London will be her home base for the foreseeable future [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode I (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRSygfrbZCo] Valerie Vargas grew up in Scotland, but has lived and worked in London for the last five years. You can find her at Frith Street Tattoo in SoHo, where she’s known for doing the prettiest “lady heads” in the world. Valerie has only been seriously tattooing since 2007, so she’s proof that talent and hard work will never fail you. [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Craft and Folk Art Museum Presents: ‘L.A. Skin & Ink’

Courtesy of The Craft and Folk Art Museum: L.A. Skin & Ink, is an exhibition that explores the unique role that Los Angeles played in the tattoo renaissance that took place in the United States. The exhibition will move through the 60-year transformation of tattooing from its traditional base of military and outlaw cultures into an art form of great distinction and adoption into contemporary culture. The exhibition will be in view from September 29, 2012 through January 6, 2013. Read More »

Paul Dobleman: August’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman:  Once again, assholes are everywhere! Here is the asshole of the month for August… Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q61fKb-WWBo&w=580&h=400] Courtesy of VICE.com: In this season of VICE’s acclaimed show, we travel the world to feature different artists from all ends of the tattoo spectrum, including Valerie Vargas of the UK, Mutsuo of Japan, and Thom deVita of New York City. Each artists’ episodes will include three installments, airing every Wednesday on VICE.COM. First up – Valerie Vargas, whose first installment will air next Wednesday, September 12th. [More info on expanded page] Read More »

20 Questions With Bryan Burk From Dark Horse Tattoo

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9hnZWaVzlY&w=560&h=315] Bryan Burk will be featured in the upcoming TAM issue #32… Read More »

*UPDATE* True South: Jordan Teear Relief Party

Story by Aaron (Tex) Finnin and party photos by Casey Keener:  One month ago Jordan Teear and I were high-fiving in celebration of his first 24-hour Friday 13th super party completion. It was to kick off our long-awaited 4,000 mile summer ride from Los Angles to New York City to meet up with our buddy Oliver Peck. We spent the next 48-hours recovering from messed up sleeping schedules and wrenching the final details on our bikes before heading east. That Sunday the 15th of July the absolute worst wrench was thrown into our adrenaline plan. “We didn’t even make it to the freeway,” became Jordan’s favorite line as he chuckled and told the story of his broken legs and ankles numerous times followed by one of his token light-hearted jokes over the next three weeks… Read More »

Paul Dobleman: July’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman:  Assholes happen as always, here is the asshole of the month for July! Once again, thanks to everyone who participated!  Read More »

Tattoo Nation Hollywood Premiere October 11th (VIDEO)

Courtesy of Tattoo Nation: On Thursday, October 11th the premiere for Tattoo Nation, the first feature length documentary about the revolutionary style of Black and Grey tattoo art, will be held at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood. The film traces the origins of tattoo and its explosion into mainstream culture… Read More »

Cody Rutland (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI4vSNSVVC4&w=600&h=420] Video By Kelle Ramsey. Read More »

Tim Hendricks: True South Relief Fund Benefit Hosted by True Tattoo

By Tim Hendricks Check it out everyone, True South Relief Fund will be holding a benefit on Saturday, July 28th at True Tattoo in Hollywood. Come on by and show your support for some good people who have been tragically struck on their motorbikes recently, it’ll be a good time and a good positive vibe. I’ll be there helping out with the auction and donating whatever I can. If you can’t make it out then maybe you can donate a few dollars through paypal by clicking the button underneath. Donate at PayPal here: teearrelief@yahoo.com Thank you so much for your support – Tim (Please visit Tim’s blog and the True South Facebook page for more info…) Read More »